An Armthorpe youngster who survived a rare form of eye cancer was guest of honour when she officially opened a new Vision Express shop in Doncaster.
An ambassador for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT), Olivia Harrison, seven, who survived retinoblastoma (Rb) and her mum Jane joined the team to perform a ribbon cutting ceremony and to relaunch the store in the Frenchgate Shopping Centre, after its recent renovation.
Olivia was first diagnosed with Rb at birth and underwent gruelling chemotherapy and laser therapy, as well as lifesaving surgery to remove one of her eyes.
The nominated charity of Vision Express, CHECT raises awareness of retinoblastoma.
The young CHECT ambassador Olivia and Jane were welcomed by Vision Express regional manager, Jamie McPherson, store manager Margaret Maughan and the rest of the Vision Express Doncaster team, which has more than 50 years of combined optical experience at the store.
Margaret said: “It was a privilege to welcome Olivia and her mum to declare our newly refurbished store open. We’ve been trading from our store in the Frenchgate Shopping Centre for 10 years now and it’s fantastic to have upgraded facilities so we can continue to offer local residents a thorough and individual vision care service.
“It’s always great to see Olivia when she comes into the store, to see how well she’s doing and to also raise awareness of the importance of regular eye tests, and crucially of retinoblastoma.”
Vision Express was the first optician in the UK to roll out a protocol to ensure a quick and effective referral if retinoblastoma is suspected.
To book an eye test at the Doncaster store call 01302 366555, visit 28 Upper North Mall, Frenchgate Shopping Centre, DN1 1LJ or make an online enquiry at: www.visionexpress.com/book-eye-test/
For more information on retinoblastoma please visit www.chect.org.uk website.